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England take shooting gold

28 July 2002

England claim second shooting gold and equal a Games record at Bisley.

Day and Babb

Day and Babb were delighted with gold

Michael Babb and Neil Day claimed gold for England and equalled the men’s 50m rifle prone pairs Games record.

The duo took victory with a score of 1189, which equalled the record set by South Africa’s Michael Thiele and Gavin van Rhyn at Kuala Lumpur 1998. Thiele finished second this time with new partner Jaco Henn.

Maylasia’s Mohd Erman Zakaria took bronze with Sabki Din Mohd HJ to add to the silver medal he won yesterday and the two that he picked up at the last Games.

Neil Day was delighted with the result, he said: “I feel brilliant! In Kuala Lumpur, I got silver and now I’ve improved to get a gold medal here – it’s just fantastic!”

Day had a battle to control his nerves: “At one point there, my heart rate was really up and I was having trouble to maintain a steady aim.” But he kept composed and helped England to take their second shooting gold of Manchester 2002.

The South Africans were happy with the silver medals and Thiele praised the winners: “It’s actually a great achievement for me. We had been hoping to go all the way for gold, but the English did very well.”

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